Scientific Services

Access expertise of the Future Industries Institute in engineering and the physical sciences and its world-class facilities through the Scientific Services team.

Our combined professional, scientific and industrial experience means we provide superior and reliable service every time with a strong focus on communication, quality and personal attention.

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    We offer a range of specialised services to support your short term project.

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    We have a range of facilties and laboratories to assist you with your research.

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For Industry

Scientific Services: Short Term Industry Projects

Short term projects are tailored specifically for your requirements.  Our specialised services include process development and optimisation support, troubleshooting and failure analysis.  We provide support to many industry sectors including, but not limited to:

  • Biotechnology
  • Construction
  • Consumer products
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Food and beverage
  • Government
  • Health and pharmaceuticals
  • Metals manufacturing
  • Mining and minerals
  • Oil and gas
  • Paints and coatings
  • Plastic and rubber manufacturing
  • Telecommunications
  • Defence

We treat all enquiries with the strictest confidence and will provide our standard non-disclosure agreement on request.  Agreements provided by our clients are acceptable subject to an internal review process.

Testing and Analysis

Scientific Services offers a rapid turnaround testing and analysis service. We will respond to all enquires within 24 hours and provide obligation free written quotations for all proposed services.

Scientific Services has analytical facilities and expertise covering the following areas and specific tests:

  • Polymer / rubber analysis and testing
  • Particle size determination
  • Whiteness and brightness measurements of clays and other mineral pigments according to TAPPI Test Method 534 om 09
  • Colour measurements according to CIELABS colour scale using Hunterlabs instrument
  • Rheology, flow behaviour and yield stress measurements on suspensions and mineral slurries
  • Assessment of emulsion and suspension stability
  • Accelerated environmental UV / moisture exposure testing
  • Tensile and compression testing
  • Autoignition temperature measurements
  • Wax appearance temperature measurements of crude oil samples
  • Peel test measurements on labels according to AS 2313.1.12-2006
  • Abrasion testing

For Scientists


Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility

  • The Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF) provides access to a vast array of instrumentation for use across all areas of nanotechnology and biotechnology research.
  • To assist you with finding the most appropriate instrument for your application, we have developed a unique online Technique Finder tool.
  • The Facility's South Australian node – the South Australian Regional Facility (SARF) – has research facilities at all three South Australian universities:  The Future Industries Institute at UniSA, Adelaide Microscopy at the University of Adelaide and Flinders Microscopy at Flinders University.
  • Following access to our world-class facilities, we need you to acknowledge us in all publications, presentations and posters.

Australian National Fabrication Facility

Australian National Fabrication Facility

ANFF is comprised of 8 nodes across 21 institutions throughout Australia. Each Node of ANFF houses a critical mass of academic knowledge, technical know-how and world class research facilities to provide Australia’s most well supported academic centres in their specialist fields. 

The ANFF SA node is co-located at the Future Industries Institute (University of South Australia) and Flinders University, and brings together expertise in surface modification, characterisation, nanotechnology, and advanced materials. The node is focused on the design and fabrication of micro and nano-engineered structures, including microfluidic devices, in both polymer and glass substrates. Surface structures and patterns, channel designs, and chemical functionality can be tailored to the needs of the facility users. The facility houses state-of-the-art photolithography, embossing, etching, and bonding equipment in ISO Class 5 & 6 clean room environments, and ready access to a variety of powerful surface characterisation tools at the University of South Australia and Flinders University locations. The facility specializes in the production of next-generation and high-performance microfluidic devices and can offer rapid turn-around of prototypes using our nano-precision KIRA micromachining tool.

The South Australian node offers capabilities, expertise, and opportunities to collaborate with affiliated staff in the fields of:

  • Micro/nanofluidics
  • Surface chemistry
  • Surface structuring (etching, molding, embossing)
  • Thin film deposition
  • Surface spectroscopy
  • X-ray micro/nanotomography (volumetric analysis)

Flagship facilities and capabilities:

  • Sputter Coater
  • Optical Lithography with UV-NIL Capability
  • Substrate Bonder / Hot Embosser
  • Deep Reactive Ion Etcher
  • Nano-precision CNC Micromachining Mill
  • Wafer Dicer
  • High resolution X-Ray tomography
  • AFM with TERS
  • Digital Holographic Microscope
  • Microfluidics Workstation
  • Benchtop Scanning Electron microscope
  • Optical profilometer

View Australian National Fabrication Facility website

AIB Labs Bio SAAdelaide Integrated Bioscience Laboratories (AIB Labs)

The Biointerface Facility at the Future Industries Institute develops and applies advanced spectroscopic, force microscopy and other interfacial characterisation techniques to the analyses of materials and nanoparticles for biotechnology research and development, product development and quality assurance.

The facility is one of 18 AIB Lab facilities located at strategic locations throughout Adelaide to provide a gateway to cutting edge research in the life sciences.

Contact us

Contact us today to discuss your specific requirements.

Mr Philip Moore
Manager: Scientific Services
Future Industries Institute
+61 8 8302 3684 

Mr Sebastien Hebert
Business Development Manager
Information Technology Engineering and the Environment Divisional Office
+61 8 8302 3973

Areas of study and research

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